Thread Together, a mobile wardrobe in a van, provided brand-new clothes to all 28 residents affected by the blaze that tore through the Bayside Lodge in Lota earlier this month.
All residents and their carers were able to escape the blaze uninjured after alarms were activated just after 7pm, thanks to the quick-thinking staff at the home.
Thread Together Volunteer Coordinator Kate Littmann-Kelly said she was thinking of all the residents and hoped the brand-new clothing will be able to assist them so they can get back onto their feet.
“When I heard the news…my heart just went out to all residents, staff and their families as it’s a terrifying situation to be involved in,” Ms Littmann-Kelly said.
“We are so pleased to hear that all residents made it out safely.
“Thread Together, Anglicare Southern Queensland and the Anglican Parish at Indooroopilly are working together to assist all residents who have lost their possessions.”
Thread Together is an Australian-first, dedicated to taking excess new clothing from manufacturers and designers and redistributing it to vulnerable people within the community at no cost to the recipient.
Since last year’s launch in Brisbane on 23 February, the van has visited over 100 sites assisting over 2,000 people in Brisbane.
“We visit a range of different government, community and church services, including women’s homelessness services, refugee support organisations, services that support young people in the justice system or at risk of homelessness — really, any service supporting people who are doing it a bit tough,” Ms Littmann-Kelly said.
“We also assist in emergency situations where someone might have lost their clothing in a fire, flood or other disaster.”
Recently, Thread Together assisted thousands of people affected by the floods in Queensland and in New South Wales and also provided emergency relief to many Ukrainian people who have escaped the war in their home country.
“The demand just keeps growing – with the pandemic, with people unemployed and the housing crisis and the Queensland floods it’s so important that we can take at least one pressure off people and keep them warm and comfortable,” Ms Littmann-Kelly said.
The Thread Together van is sponsored by Bendon Lingerie and is supported and run by Anglicare Southern Queensland and St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Indooroopilly.